Pratt Profile: David on Bach, Beethoven, and Mencken

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David DonovanYour name?
David Donovan

Your age?

Your local branch?
Central Library

Your favorite spot in the library?
The Fine Arts and Music Department's first stack in the Central Library. The first stack has the rich collection of rare and wonderful books in our department.

What are you currently reading?
H.L. Mencken's The American Scene, selected and edited by Huntington Cairns. Mencken's view of American life, culture, and institutions are still fascinating reading.

What book would you recommend to readers right now, and why?
Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie. It's a well written book that traces the history of Bach performances and why this great composer still matters to listeners today and into the future.

What is one book you could not finish, and why?
Thayer's Life of Beethoven. I own an edition of this book. It's a book I return to time and time again. It is the best documentary study of Beethoven ever, but I have never read it from cover to cover.

What are your job title and location?
Library Associate II, Fine Arts and Music Department.

What does your job entail?
Working the reference desk in the Fine Arts and Music Department. I'm also responsible for the collection area that covers music history and theory, and I'm charge of the classical CD collection. In addition, I work at the Central Hall Information Desk and Maryland AskUsNow! interactive online reference service.

Describe your typical workday:
Three to four desk hours, and then a few project hours to do behind the scenes work.

Describe up to three things you like about working in the library:
The variety of different questions. Working with the public. Working with my fellow staff members who make the job fun and interesting.

Go Dave! Dave Donovan is truly one of Pratt's treasures and my go-to resource guy for anything to do with Mr. Mencken, classical music, the Orioles or beer.
Posted by: Tom Warner at 12/26/2012 2:21 p.m.

To Dave Donovan: Thanks so much for springing the Richter album collections for me, a total of 27 discs in two sets. Quite a revelation even for an old Sviatoslav Richter fan!
Posted by: Peter Moskowitz at 9/2/2016 3:04 p.m.

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